Family of CRPF jawan killed in Karan Nagar refuses Bihar govt’s aid of Rs 5 lakh
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Family of CRPF jawan killed in Karan Nagar refuses Bihar govt’s aid of Rs 5 lakh

Mujahid Khan’s family refused the money, saying it was demeaning as families of army personnel are awarded Rs 11 lakh ex gratia by the Bihar government.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2018 23:13 IST
Press Trust of India, Ara (Bihar)
CRPF camp attack,Mujahid Khan,Bihar
A family member mourns during constable Mujahid Khan’s funeral at Piro in Bhojpur, on Wednesday. Khan, a constable of 49th battalion of CRPF, was killed on February 12, 2018 in a gunfight with terrorists who attempted to strike a CRPF camp in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar.(PTI Photo)

The family members of slain CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan, who died fighting militants in Srinagar earlier this week, refused a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from the Bihar government on Wednesday, saying it was “demeaning” as Army personnel killed in such incidents get Rs 11 lakh.

The cheque was given to Khan’s family in Bhojpur district’s Piro tehsil where the slain CRPF constable’s body was brought in the morning and the funeral held with full police honours.

Khan was killed in a gunbattle with militants who had attacked the camp of the CRPF’s 23rd Battalion at Karan Nagar in Srinagar on Monday.

CRPF personnel pay gun salute to constable Mujahid Khan, who was killed in the terrorist attack at a CRPF camp in Srinagar, at Piro in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

“Khan’s family has refused to accept the cheque. They are of the view that when Army personnel killed in such incidents were given Rs 11 lakh ex gratia, the substantially lower amount of ex gratia for paramilitary force jawans was demeaning,” Bhojpur district magistrate Sanjiv Kumar said.

“We have written to the state home department about the grievance expressed by the members of the deceased jawan. The amount of ex gratia is decided by the department and only upon its approval can any change be effected,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary issued a statement in Patna demanding an apology from the Nitish Kumar government for the “insensitivity shown towards the sacrifice of the CRPF jawan, at whose funeral no minister or senior official was present”.

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First Published: Feb 14, 2018 22:37 IST